PhD scholarship in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills

DTU Miljø
fredag 06 jul 18

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Frist 31. august 2018
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The section Air, Land and Water Resources is dedicated to study the interaction between the atmosphere, the natural environment and the anthroposphere. The focus is on direct and indirect effects on functioning and stability of terrestrial ecosystems, on biosphere-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases and reactive gases and particles, and on the effects of toxic components of the atmosphere on plant growth and human health. The research includes important feedbacks between the terrestrial biosphere and the global climate.

Scientific topics in focus:
  • Greenhouse gases and global climate change
  • Air pollution
  • Ecosystem services and resilience
Methane from landfills is a significant contributor to climate change from the waste sector. DTU Environment has through cooperation with several partners developed and tested so-called Biocovers to mitigate these emissions. Biocovers are going to be installed on a number of Danish landfills in the near future. Accurate measurements of methane emissions from these sites are necessary to design the Biocovers and to document their mitigation performance. A key issue is assessing the emission dynamics with robust, continuous methane and carbon dioxide flux measurements. Research into these problems will be central to the research of the PhD student.

Responsibilities and tasks

You will engage in research directly relevant to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The research will be done within an inspiring international work environment with colleagues with strong experience on the topics, you will be working on. Advanced state of the art laboratory and field research equipment and facilities will be available to reach your research aims. These tools include a “mobile analytical platform”, which is a vehicle fitted with high-precision gas analysers, GNSS system and a mobile eddy covariance station.
  • You will obtain valuable experience in the most effective state-of-the-art quantification methods of fugitive greenhouse gas emissions
  • You will contribute to the highly important effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • The results of your work will be of immediate interest to Danish authorities
Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

You should be a highly motivated student, who is interested in doing cutting-edge research and is interested in fieldwork. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience within the following areas:
  • Quantification and modelling of fugitive emissions
  • Eddy covariance measurements and footprint modelling
  • Environmental assessment of waste management technologies
  • Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
A driver’s license is required for this position.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Charlotte Scheutz.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Charlotte Scheutz, tel.: +45 4525 1607.

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 August 2018 (local time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and (Excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. 

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Environment is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe.
The department conducts research and development, and provides educational programs and service to society in the area of engineering of water in natural, urban and industrial contexts, processing and recovery of residual resources, environmental risk assessment and chemical risk reduction.
The aim is to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and a new generation of engineers. The department has approximately 185 staff from more than 30 countries.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.